Saturday, June 13, 2009

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Genre: Chick Lit

Rebecca Bloomwood is head over heels in debt! It’s not really her fault. She needs nice things, doesn’t she? How is she supposed to survive in the business world if she doesn’t have the best clothes and live in the nicest places? Problem is, her job as a writer at Successful Savings doesn’t pay her enough. To make matters worse, the job bores her to tears. Shopping is a stress reliever, it makes her feel good. Unfortunately, her VISA card is now maxed out.

The bank’s threatening letters continue, but Rebecca has become a master at avoiding them as well as avoiding the threatening collection phone calls. She tries to cut back on the amount she spends, but only succeeds in doubling her debt. Rebecca finds the perfect second job at a local boutique but she is more interested in their merchandise than their clients.

She finally finds something that she can sink her teeth into, get public attention and make a name for herself in the financial world. She prays this will kick off a brand new career but what will this opportunity cost her?

Sophie Kinsella creates an hysterical look at a young woman who easily finds herself owing large amounts of money without even realizing she’s doing it. The book shows how quickly this can happen and at the same time give us something to laugh about.

This book is fast-paced and a real “feel good” story. Rebecca is a fun character. She can be a bit immature at times, but also has qualities many can identify with. Readers will find themselves cheering for her and hoping a happy ending will be in her future. This was the perfect book to read and help me through a stressful week at work. I loved every minute of it and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

Any book that can help me through a stressful work week deserves the Socrates’ Great Book Alert Award!

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  1. Sorry it has been a stressful week!

    I've picked this one up several times, but never actually took it home with me. Maybe next time I will!

  2. I enjoyed this one too, Yvonne. It was a fun book. Not too serious. I am glad you enjoyed it too.

  3. I am drawn to the title of this book each time I walk in the bookstore, but I have always resisted the temptation to buy it, mostly because I wasn't sure I would like it.

    Your review makes it sound like a perfect summer read - when I just want to escape a bit from the every day world.

  4. Oh I absolutely loved this book! Glad you loved it at least as much as I did :-)

    Did you also watch the movie? I'm desperately looking for people who know both the book and the movie, cause I really don't know whether I should watch it or not LOL

  5. The book is perfect for just those sort of times. It picks you up, nice and feels good

  6. Kathrin - I haven't seen the movie yet, but once it comes out on DVD, I'm going to get it. I'm not sure the movie will live up to the book for me, but I really want to see it.

  7. I agree, this is a fun book and a perfect way to tackle a stress filled week. I've read the first two in the series. I still need to tackle the other two.

  8. Yvonne, I hope you'll let us in on your thoughts on the movie once you have watched it :-)
    I agree, I doubt it will live up to the book, but maybe they managed to make a fun and sweet movie out of it...

  9. sounds really good and like a great way to get through a stress filled work week :O)
    great review.


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